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NFL Training Camp Cuts: Falcons, Saints, Panthers, Buccaneers

With the draft finished and all of free agency’s biggest and best names off the market, each team’s roster is, more or less, set. Until, of course, training camp. When training camp and the pre season rolls around there are always a series of cuts to every roster; most expected, others not so much. Predicting the obvious cuts won’t be much fun, what with them being obvious and all, and often requires absurd amounts of research as they aren’t generally what I’d consider “household” names. For a look at some of the less likely - yet, still all too possible - names that could be hitting free agency in August, division by division, take a gander down yonder.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons genuinely have nobody that qualifies as a surprise camp cut - or at least one that’s even remotely justifiable. The Falcons cap situation could be better, especially with Matt Ryan in the final year of his deal, but it won’t force them into any really unexpected cuts. Consider this as a complement to the work of Thomas Dimitroff. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t find any expensive dead weight on this roster. Certainly none that are costly and in need of a training camp release.

Carolina Panthers, WR David Gettis: After a promising rookie campaign that saw Gettis catch 37 passes for 508 yards, it’s been nothing but disappointment for Gettis. Injuries have held him to just two games since then and the Panthers have added much needed depth at receiver with Domenik Hixon and Ted Ginn. These additions make Gettis expendable. The Panthers would save just over half a million against the cap if they were to cut Gettis.

New Orleans Saints, FS Malcolm Jenkins: The logical cut at safety from a purely talent based standpoint for New Orleans, after drafting Kenny Vaccaro, is Roman Harper. Unfortunately, it’s just not financially sound and they just restructured Harper’s deal anyways. It’s also worth noting that Harper plays strong safety and Jenkins plays full, which Vaccaro also happens to play. If the addition of Vaccaro didn’t make Jenkins expendable, they also added Jim Leonhard. Unless the Saints have three safeties on the field at all times - which is highly unlikely - I’m just not seeing where Jenkins fits into their plans.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR Kevin Ogletree: The Buccaneers have an embarrassment of riches where receivers that can play in the slot are concerned. They have the oft injured Steve Smith, overly cut Tiquan Underwood and Romo’s old pal Kevin Ogletree. Can’t imagine all three of these receivers make it out of training camp on the roster and assuming Smith stays healthy, Ogletree will make the most sense from a financial standpoint. The Bucs will assume almost no dead-cap by cutting Ogletree and can easily recover from the, ahem, loss.

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